Milena Bu’s business philosophy is simple: Be the best version of yourself!

By Katie Culligan

The Milena Bu State Farm Agency is an insurance firm made up of a diverse team focused on helping clients protect against the risks of everyday life. The agency services the multi-cultural community in VA, MD and DC. Their storefront is located in Mount Vernon, Alexandria.
Milena opened her agency in 2013, and since then has been a top performing agent for State Farm Insurance Company. Initially an internal auditor, Milena decided that she wanted to work with the community and help individual families protect themselves. She has consistently qualified for Ambassador Travel, Honors
Club and Chairman Circle (representing the top 5% of the agency).
She is motivated by seeing her staff thrive and learn, while also making a difference in clients’ lives. Supporting a family financially after the loss of a loved one or the loss of one’s home is what makes her career rewarding and fulfilling. Her biggest inspiration has been when she has helped families and young children continue to dream after losing a parent. Recently she confirmed a $270,000 death benefit for a 37-yearold widow her loss of a spouse to Covid complications. The widow was emotionally devastated, however she was financially prepared to care for her children.

Milena understands that the community is a big part of her success. She supports local businesses and looks
forward to working together to build a better and safer future for our loved ones. Milena emphasizes, “Everyone needs insurance, but we only think of it when it is required. We have insured people as young as one day and as old as 99 years, from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Life insurance specifically is a tool to transfer wealth, build assets
and leave a legacy. Most of our wealth clients understand this and buy it, however, our job is to educate all.”
Milena’s State Farm team loves incorporating monthly promotions, extra days off, and additional cash rewards.
“I give my staff a lot of flexibility if they complete their responsibilities, and I try to make the day-to-day fun. We have a dart board in the office to play when we need to stretch our legs. We also occasionally do office lunches by supporting the nearby family-owned restaurants.” She considers her biggest achievement as having a high performing and cohesive State Farm team. Milena has six agents working for her. Her office speaks four languages fluently: English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Bulgarian.

When asked what sets her agency apart from others she explains, “We have a real location and service our clients face to face, we know their names and children. We avoid the 1-800 call waiting lines and we connect with our clients on a personal level.” The agency works with both families and businesses to offer different types of insurance. For families, they offer options like the “Auto, Home, Umbrella & Life Bundle Package”. For businesses, they offer the “Business General Liability & Worker’s Compensation Bundle Package” or the “Business SEP/SIMPLE Plans & Key Person Life Insurance Package”. In addition to being the Principle Agent of her State Farm Office, Milena is a mother of three, a wife, and the State Farm Agency owner. She is originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, but has been in the DMV area since 2007. Prior to that, she lived and studied in Baton Rouge, LA, and New York City. In her free time, Milena teaches Zumba, works on improving her Spanish, enjoys long walks in nature and reads books.
Her final thoughts are, “Life happens! With the right planning, you are more likely to achieve your goals. Let us help you create and protect your future. We help with auto, home, business insurance, life insurance, retirement planning, and investment advice.” Check out her website at